Young leaders from across the Commonwealth have come together to establish two new Commonwealth Youth Networks, one focused on Health, and the other on Human Rights and Democracy, through which they will play a strong and active role in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.
One of those young leaders is Nkechi Azinge, the founder of the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation Nigeria (SCAF). Nkechi was recently honoured in 2015, alongside 59 other youths across the commonwealth, by the Queen of England for her work with the Sickle Cell Community in Nigeria.
She has added another feather to her cap as she, on June 28, became one of the founders of the Commonwealth Youth Health Network,
The new network joins existing established youth alliances in the Commonwealth community:
The Commonwealth Youth Health Network (CYHN) and the Commonwealth Human Rights and Democracy Network (CYHRDN) were officially launched last week, at the end of a three-day visioning workshop that gathered around 50 young activists and practitioners from 27 countries across all Commonwealth regions – Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific, and Europe.
The networks will provide platforms for young people to advocate and engage on global issues related to health, human rights and democracy, through individual and collective action, as well as through partnerships with other youth structures and key institutions at national and international levels.
The delegates identified strategies to bridge the gap between policy-makers and young people, and developed action plans for each network. They were also treated to presentations on the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat in each thematic area, and received training in strategic planning, communications and fundraising.
|Nkechi's twin sister who is sickle celled.|
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